Small-Business Owners: Raise Your Prices, Hire Help, Make More Money

About the Money With Melinda Emerson: Five ways to make your small business soar in 2014.

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Invest in yourself. You should be a lifelong learner of business success. Set aside a budget to attend at least one conference in 2014, or consider hiring a coach to help you take your business to the next level. Invest in self-directed training courses and webinars to build your business skills this year. You can learn better social media marketing, budgeting, negotiation, sales and leadership skills. You can always take a business-plan course to help you with the first suggestion in this article.

If you try these five tactics, 2014 could be the best year ever for your small business.

Melinda Emerson, known to many as SmallBizLady, is CEO of Quintessence Multimedia. Emerson educates entrepreneurs and Fortune 500 companies on subjects including small business start-up, business development and social media marketing. She also publishes a resource blog and is the best-selling author of Become Your Own Boss in 12 Months. Follow her on Twitter.

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